38 Forest St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Owned By: Town of Norwell
The Norwell Conservation Commission owns this 47-acre parcel of upland and wetlands. It contains several trails, with access from Forest Street. In the woods, you’ll see several old stone walls.
Miller Woods is one of many access points to Norwell’s Pathway, a paved bike and walking trail.
Miller Woods was originally part of the historic 1835 Cushing Family property at 580 Main Street. The Cushing’s used it as a summer home. Florence Cushing passed away in 1920, and then in the 1930s, Lillian and Spencer Miller purchased the property. In 1946, Lillian (who was widowed) sold the woodlot on Forest Street to the town for $70,000. Developing it with house lots was not an option, due to the presence of wetlands. It is surrounded by horse farms.
Rain and other runoff from Miller Woods flow to Second Herring Brook, which flows into the North River.
The main trail at Miller Woods is well traveled and well marked. There is also a half mile loop trail through a red maple swamp.
Miller Woods borders Jordan’s Lane, a historic cart path that connects Forest Street and Main Street.
Habitats and Wildlife
Miller Woods is a forest made up primarily of pine. There is a hemlock grove close to the parking area on Forest Street.. There is also a red maple swamp on the property. In the wetlands, in the warmer months and especially as dusk approaches, listen for the mating call of spring peppers. Along the trail, you may see fox and turkey.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 47 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited on-site parking via Forest Street.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Benches and a picnic table in the hemlock grove close to the parking area.
Boat Ramp: No
Scenic Views: Yes